Funding for Research on Animal Health

Purpose

The aim of this call for proposals is to help to maintain the current low incidence of serious diseases and antimicrobial resistance in Norwegian livestock production.

Important dates

09 Oct 2019

Date call is made active

20 Nov 2019

Application submission deadline

16 Mar 2020

Grant allocation meeting to be held in mid-March

01 Apr 2020

Earliest permitted project start

01 Dec 2020

Latest permitted project start

30 Nov 2024

Latest permitted project completion

Important dates

About the call for proposals

This year’s Agricultural Agreement increases investments in research and includes recommendations for a stronger focus on animal welfare, among other topics. The Board of the Agricultural Agreement Research Fund of Norway is therefore announcing NOK 28 million in funding for research on animal welfare and preparedness for animal health.

Research activities are to generate new knowledge that can:

  • ensure and further develop national preparedness for new and existing threats to animal health, with special emphasis on specific preventative measures in industry and the public administration.
  • lead to improved competitive advantages in Norwegian livestock production.
  • facilitate wider use of health data by industry and the public administration

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Who is eligible to apply?

The call is open to approved research organisations. See here for the list of approved Norwegian research organisations.

Who can participate in the project?

Requirements relating to the Project Owner

The organisation listed as the Project Owner must be an approved Norwegian research organisation (see above).

Requirements relating to the project manager

To qualify as project manager, individuals must hold an approved doctorate or have obtained qualifications at associate professorship level (in Norwegian only) by the date of the application submission deadline. In this context, employment in the Norwegian research institute sector in a position as forsker 1 (research professor), forsker 2 (senior researcher) or seniorforsker (senior researcher) is considered equivalent qualification.

Requirements relating to partners

Projects are to be carried out by one or more research organisations in cooperation with relevant actors from Norwegian trade and industry and/or other partners when relevant (such as special interest organisations). The project is to be implemented in accordance with the definition of “effective collaboration” in the state aid rules, which entails among other things that the results of the project are to be distributed between the Project Owner and other project partners.

“Effective collaboration” is defined as follows:

“collaboration between at least two independent parties to exchange knowledge or technology, or to achieve a common objective based on the division of labour where the parties jointly define the scope of the collaborative project, contribute to its implementation and share its risks, as well as its results. One or several parties may bear the full costs of the project and thus relieve other parties of its financial risks. Contract research and provision of research services are not considered forms of collaboration.”

What can you seek funding for?

Under this call, the Board of the Agricultural Agreement Research Fund of Norway may cover up to 100 per cent of the costs incurred by eligible recipients of funding.

In order for the Board of the Agricultural Agreement Research Fund of Norway to calculate its amount of support, the grant application must include an overall project budget based on the following types of approved project costs:

  • Payroll and indirect expenses relating to researcher time (including research fellowships) at the research institutions participating in the project.
  • Procurement of R&D services. The Project Owner and partners may jointly or individually procure R&D services from R&D-performing companies. Suppliers of R&D services for the project may not have the role of partner in the same project.
  • Costs relating to procurement and use of scientific equipment. See here for Research Council guidelines for calculating costs of equipment.
  • Other operating expenses, including support for travel expenses and other project-related costs not covered under the categories above.

If the project is awarded funding, it is also possible during the project period to apply for Personal Overseas Research Grants for fellowship-holders. See here for more information about the scheme for Personal Overseas Research Grants for fellowship-holders.

Conditions for funding

Support from the Board of the Agricultural Agreement Research Fund of Norway is to go to the non-economic activity of research organisations. Companies will not be eligible to receive support to cover projects costs and may not receive indirect support through the granting of any rights to project results on favourable terms. Thus the rights to the results are to be distributed in accordance with point 28 (b–d) of the rules for state aid in the EFTA Surveillance Authority’s guidelines for research and development and innovation. Support allocated under this call therefore does not constitute state aid.

The Board’s allocation and disbursement of support for the first year and any pledges for subsequent years will be disbursed in accordance with the conditions set out in the General Terms and Conditions for R&D Projects.

The project must start between 1 April 2020 and 1 December 2020. The latest permitted project completion is 30 November 2024.

Archiving of research data

The Project Owner (R&D organisation) is responsible for selecting the archiving solution(s) to use for storing research data generated during the project. The Project Owner must specify the planned solution(s) in connection with the revised grant proposal.

Relevant thematic areas for this call

All the thematic areas listed below are relevant under this call:

Food and land-based bioresources

Requirements for this application type

You may revise and resubmit your grant application form multiple times up to the application submission deadline. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as you have filled in the application form and uploaded all mandatory attachments. After the deadline, it is the most recently submitted version of the grant application that will be processed.

  • The grant application, including all attachments, must be submitted in English.
  • All attachments must be uploaded in PDF format.

Mandatory attachments

  • A project description of maximum 10 pages, using the designated template for this call (found at the end of the call).
  • CV for the project manager, using the designated template (found at the end of the call).
  • A Letter of Intent from each of the project partners. The letters must also include an explanation of why the research project is important for the partners. Letters of intent are to be uploaded as attachments to the online application form under “Confirmation from partners”.

Grant applications that do not satisfy the above requirements will be rejected.

Optional attachments

  • CVs for key project participants, using the designated template found at the end of the call;
  • A proposal for up to three referees who are presumed to be impartial and qualified to review the grant proposal.

Links to websites and documents, as well as other attachments than those specified above, will not be included in the application review process. There is no technical validation of the content of the attachments you upload, so please make sure that you upload the correct file for the selected type of attachment.

Assessment criteria

In 2019 the Research Council is introducing three new assessment criteria: Excellence, Impact and Implementation. These criteria have been designed to be applicable for assessing basic and applied research activities alike.

Excellence

The extent to which the proposed work is ambitious, novel, and goes beyond the state-of-the-art
• Scientific creativity and originality.
• Novelty and boldness of hypotheses or research questions.
• Potential for development of new knowledge beyond the current state-of-the-art, including significant theoretical, methodological, experimental or empirical advancement.

The quality of the proposed R&D activities
• Quality of the research questions, hypotheses and project objectives, and the extent to which they are clearly and adequately specified.
• Credibility and appropriateness of the theoretical approach, research design and use of scientific methods. Appropriate consideration of interdisciplinary approaches.
• Where relevant, the extent to which appropriate consideration has been given to ethical issues, safety issues, gender dimension in research content, and appropriate use of stakeholder/user knowledge.

Impact

Potential impact of the proposed research
The extent to which:
• the potential impacts are clearly formulated and plausible.
• the outputs of the project address important present and future scientific challenges.
• the outputs of the project address important present and future challenges for the sector(s).
• the developed competence and expected results will promote future value creation, in the industry and/or development of the public sector?
• the outputs will address relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals.
• the project will be undertaken in a responsible manner, with reference to relevant methodology for achieving this.

Communication and exploitation
• Quality and scope of communication and engagement activities with different target audiences, including relevant stakeholders/users.
• Involvement of the stakeholders/users in dissemination and utilisation of the project results.

Implementation

The quality of the project manager and project group
• The extent to which the project manager has relevant expertise and experience, and demonstrated ability to perform high-quality research (as appropriate to the career stage).
• The degree of complementarity of the participants and the extent to which the project group as a whole encompasses the expertise needed to undertake the research effectively, and provides added value.

The quality of the project organisation and management
• Effectiveness of the work plan, including the extent to which resources assigned to work packages are aligned with project objectives and deliverables.
• Appropriateness of the allocation of tasks, ensuring that all participants have a valid role and adequate resources in the project to fulfil that role.
• Appropriateness of the proposed management structures and governance.
• Appropriateness of stakeholder and user participation in the implementation and governance of the project.

Overall assessment of the referee/panel

The mark is derived from the panel's assessments of the three criteria Excellence, Impact and Implementation.

Relevance to the call for proposals

The extent to which the project satisfies the guidelines and stipulations set out in the call for proposals.

Assuming all factors relating to scientific merit and relevance are essentially equal, priority will be given to projects led by women project managers.

Relevant interdisciplinary research collaboration will be viewed in a positive light.

Administrative procedures

All grant applications that fall within the thematic framework of the call will be assessed by international referee panels. Grant applications that do not fall within the thematic framework of the call will not be assessed.

The final decision regarding grant allocations will be taken by the Board of the Agricultural Agreement Research Fund of Norway in mid-March 2020.